Aaron Donald is officially the Rams’ all-time sack leader, but is fourth on unofficial list

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Sacks became an official NFL stat in 1982, which means that some sack records around the league come with asterisks attached to them.

For old-school Rams fans, that will be the case for the record that Aaron Donald set in Thursday night’s win over the Seahawks. Donald sacked Russell Wilson in the third quarter to move to 88.5 career sacks, which broke a tie with Leonard Little and made Donald the franchise’s all-time sack leader.

“It feels good. It’s a blessing. It’s even better when you accomplish something like that coming off a divisional win,” Donald said.

Donald’s sack made him the official leader, but Pro-Football-Reference.com’s work to compile sack totals before 1982 shows that he still has some work to do to become the undisputed leader for the Rams. Reaching Merlin Olson’s 91 career sacks should happen without much trouble, but Deacon Jones has been credited with 159.5 sacks and Jack Youngblood had 151.5 during his time with the Rams.

Donald may not make it quite that far, but no one in Rams country will be complaining about what he’s done for the team since entering the league in 2014.

7 responses to “Aaron Donald is officially the Rams’ all-time sack leader, but is fourth on unofficial list

  1. Kind of crazy that they had probably the greatest defensive line in NFL history.

  2. Make sack stats official before 1982.
    A great injustice to all the great players who played before then.

  3. Deacon Jones was the all-time great. And it’s an injustice that they didn’t count sacks during his career.

    Exactly how are the sack stats for pre-1982 players compiled?

    I agree that they should make those stats official, but not until they’ve really vetted the process.

  4. Being mentioned alongside Merlin Olson, Jack Youngblood, and Deacon Jones puts Donald in rare company. Neither Olson, Youngblood, or Jones would be allowed to play their style of football nowadays. What went on between the offensive and defensive lines was more physical, borderline carnage.

  5. The greatest all time unit any team can field is the Rams DL: Youngblood, Olsen, Donald, and Jones. Yikes.

  6. I saw an interview with Deacon Jones after his playing days were over. He commented that he always imagined putting QBs in an actual sack, and beating them with a baseball bat. That was years ago, and I certainly won’t be forgetting that statement any time soon.

  7. PFTknowit says:
    I saw an interview with Deacon Jones after his playing days were over. He commented that he always imagined putting QBs in an actual sack, and beating them with a baseball bat. That was years ago, and I certainly won’t be forgetting that statement any time soon.
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    When NFL films talked about Fran Tarkenton, Merlin Olson said they wanted to end his career (because they hated having to chase him around). He said it with a smile, but I’m not convinced he was kidding. Alex Karras, another DL from that generation, said playing was so violent that he couldn’t shake hands with any of the opponents at the end of game.

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